Dr Hannah Fry is a mathematician, best-selling author, podcast host, TV presenter, and professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. In 2018, Hannah was awarded the prestigious Christopher Zeeman Medal – named after famed mathematician Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman – for her contributions to helping the public understand mathematical science.
She is also a popular keynote speaker known for her love for mathematics and how it relates to the modern world, and her passion for getting audiences loving maths.
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IN THE MEDIA
Dr Hannah Fry’s expertise in mathematical sciences is regularly called upon in the media, and has led her to present a number of television programmes, radio shows and podcasts. Her ability to engage and enthuse people with even the most complicated topics is equally evident on TV, on the radio, on podcasts and in books.
A regular on UK television, American network Bloomberg signed Hannah to front a new Science and Technology series The Future with Hannah Fry (2023). The show is set to bring complex subjects into a more understandable medium, and includes interviews, field visits and expert conversation, looking into AI, climate, cryptocurrency, chemistry and ethics.
She has presented documentaries and related programmes such as The Secret Genius of Modern Life (2022), Unvaccinated (2022), It’s a Numbers Game (2021), Victorian Sensations (2019), A Day in the Life of Earth (2018), Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths (2018), Size Matters (2018), Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic (2018), The Joy of Data (2016), Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing (2015), and Climate Change by Numbers (2015).
In 2022, she presented the documentary Making Sense of Cancer for BBC’s Horizon. This looked into the issue surrounding cancer diagnoses and how we treat it. This was stemmed from her own diagnosis of cervical cancer at just 36 years old, and wanting to make sense of the overwhelming medical information thrown at her, whilst balancing her own fear and emotion.
2022 also saw the release of The Future with Hannah Fry where Hannah strives to find scientifical answers about what our futures may hold.
She has also appeared as a guest or herself on The Golden Thread (2021), Question Time (2020), Countdown (2019), Britain’s Greatest Invention (2017), and Stand-Up Maths (2016).
PODCASTING & RADIO
As well as being a familiar face on our TV screens, Hannah can often be heard on the radio or industry related podcasts. Her BBC Radio 4 show, presented with geneticist Adam Rutherford, The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, has been running for over 20 series, and is described as a wonderful playful romp through topics including the pyramids, tides, colour and colour-blindness, Wi-Fi, teenagers, runny noses, smell, and gravity.
In contrast, her work on DeepMind: The Podcast takes a more in-depth look into the world of Artificial Intelligence and fascinating stories from the frontline of AI research. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s podcast More or Less: Behind the Stats (2022) on the numbers of cancer.
Hannah’s expertise makes her a popular international speaker on STEM, particularly mathematics, and has cemented her reputation as an inspirational female figure in the industry. Her skills have inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world and on her social media, where she has over a quarter of a million followers.
As of 2023, Hannah has given two highly successful TED talks: Is Life Really That Complex? (2012) which has been seen by over 900,000 viewers, and The Mathematics of Love (2015), which has been viewed a whopping 5.6 million times!
See The Mathematics of Love TED talk below:
Hannah regularly contributes to the New Yorker and other print media, and is the author of several critically acclaimed books.
In 2015, she wrote The Mathematics of Love, a short guide on the mathematics of romance and love. She followed this up in 2017 with The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus alongside Dr Thomas Oleron Evans. She has since written Rutherford & Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged) (2021), which made it on to Amazon’s ‘Cosmology’ bestsellers list, and Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine (2019), which was shortlisted for a number of prestigious literary awards, and went on the win the 2020 Asimov prize.
– Mathematics and Science
– The Future
– Crystal Balls and Coronavirus
– Math, Data and the Future
– Patterns in Human Behaviour
– Artificial Intelligence
– Big Data and Bias
– Smart Cities
– The Trouble With Automation